That made me think about an image I had seen of an attempt to get water from a waterfall with a cup. Ridiculous, right? There is so much flowing that a cup cannot contain what is pouring over. That's the comparison to God's grace. That imagery has led me to think of God's grace as a 'waterfall of grace' in the past. It came to mind Wednesday night.
Here is the waterfall I am listening to and observing this morning as I reflect and write:
Though I can't find the quote and picture that I remember about the attempting to get water from a waterfall with with a cup, I have found new pictures and Scriptures to reflect upon this morning.
A quote by Annie Dillard-- “Experiencing the present purely is being emptied and hollow; you catch the grace as a man fills his cup under a waterfall.”
This isn't the quote I remember exactly, but this reminds me to empty myself, to be the empty vessel and allow God to fill me, recognizing that grace is abundant if I am open to it.
Lamentations 2:19--"...Pour out your heart like water
Ephesians 2:8--"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—"
Jeremiah 31:25--"I will satisfy the weary, and all who are faint I will replenish."
As I reflect on these verses this morning, I am reminded of three things:
1. to pour out my heart to God
2. grace is a gift of God
3. God will satisfy the weary and replenish the faint
These are good reminders.
Several years ago (2013) in one of my preaching classes, I preached on Psalm 42 and entitled the sermon, "Waterfall of Grace". I blogged about it. You can read it here.
Chris Tomlin sings a song about God's love being like a waterfall.
Grace, like being still, is an ongoing theme in my life. As I've stated, without God's grace, I wouldn't still be here today. That statement likely could be true for everyone. Think about the various circumstances and situations in your life. How has grace carried you?
I continue to ride the waves of grace through life. Sometimes it is as if I am on top and grace is carrying me. At other times it feels as though the waves have crashed around me and grace has me covered. Regardless, grace is present. I may not always be ready to accept that grace in situations and circumstances nor always recognize it (such as the prevenient grace), but it is there.
Because grace is such a prevalent theme in my life, it comes up in conversation, just as silence and solitude do.
I am grateful for grace.
What about you?
Blessings on your journey,
Other blog posts about waterfalls (with pictures):
Waterfall, the song by Chris Tomlin-- 2014
The Deep Calls: How Thirsty Are You? (June 23, 2013 sermon on Psalm 42)